ZeroHart
An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
Charles Horton Cooley
Whether it’s laughable or irrational
This is the path that ALL great men walk!
If there’s a wall in our way, I’ll destroy it!
If there’s no road, I’ll pave it with my own hands!
The magma in our hearts is blazing like flames!
Just Who the Hell do you think I am!?!
The artist committing himself to his calling has volunteered for hell, whether he knows it or not. He will be dining for the duration on a diet of isolation, rejection, self-doubt, despair, ridicule, contempt, and humiliation.
Steven Pressfield

“The amateur does not love the game enough. If he did, he would not pursue it as a sideline, distinct from his “real” vocation.”

“The professional loves it so much he dedicates his life to it. He commits full-time.”

Talking about when you really love something or someone and pursue it with your heart. Your priorities, your dreams, your goals, your loved ones…

Steven Pressfield
nyappykun:

I could die..

Whoa Awesome

nyappykun:

I could die..

Whoa Awesome

(Source: Flickr / nickvaneyck)

What finally convinced me to go ahead was simply that I was so unhappy not going ahead.
Steven Pressfield
Wizard’s Ninth Rule

A contradiction can not exist in reality. Not in part, nor in whole.

To believe in a contradiction is to abdicate your belief in the existence of the world around you and the nature of the things in it, to instead embrace any random impulse that strikes your fancy - to imagine something is real simply because you wish it were. A thing is what it is, it is itself. There can be no contradictions.

Faith is a device of self-delusion, a sleight of hand done with words and emotions founded on any irrational notion that can be dreamed up. Faith is the attempt to coerce truth to surrender to whim. In simple terms, it is trying to breathe life into a lie by trying to outshine reality with the beauty of wishes. Faith is the refuge of fools, the ignorant, and the deluded, not of thinking, rational men.

In reality, contradictions cannot exist. To believe in them you must abandon the most important thing you possess: your rational mind. The wager for such a bargain is your life. In such an exchange, you always lose what you have at stake.

Wizard’s Eighth Rule

Talga Vassternich.

Translation: Deserve Victory.

Explanation: “Be justified in your convictions. Be completely committed. Earn what you want and need rather than waiting for others to give you what you desire.”

Wizard’s Seventh Rule

Life is the future, not the past.

The past can teach us, through experience, how to accomplish things in the future, comfort us with cherished memories, and provide the foundation of what has already been accomplished. But only the future holds life. To live in the past is to embrace what is dead. To live life to its fullest, each day must be created anew. As rational, thinking beings, we must use our intellect, not a blind devotion to what has come before, to make rational choices.

Wizard’s Sixth Rule

The only sovereign you can allow to rule you is reason.

The first law of reason is this: what exists, exists; what is, is; and from this irreducible bedrock principle, all knowledge is built. It is the foundation from which life is embraced.

Thinking is a choice. Wishes and whims are not facts nor are they a means to discover them. Reason is our only way of grasping reality; it is our basic tool of survival. We are free to evade the effort of thinking, to reject reason, but we are not free to avoid the penalty of the abyss that we refuse to see. Faith and feelings are the darkness to reason’s light. In rejecting reason, refusing to think, one embraces death.

Quoting Zedd: “…most important rule there is…The Sixth Rule is the hub upon which all rules turn. It is not only the most important rule, but the simplest. Nonetheless, it is the one most often ignored and violated, and by far the most despised. It must be wielded in spite of the ceaseless, howling protests of the wicked.”

Wizard’s Fifth Rule

Mind what people do, not only what they say, for deeds will betray a lie.

No matter what your affiliation is, either friend or foe, you should watch the person’s actions instead of the lies that they use to decieve you.

Wizard’s Fourth Rule

There is magic in sincere forgiveness; in the forgiveness you give, but more so in the forgiveness you receive.

Wizard’s Third Rule

Passion rules reason, For better or for worse.

Letting your emotions control your reason may cause trouble for yourself and those around you.”

Wizard’s Second Rule

The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.

Kindness and good intentions can be an insidious path to destruction. Sometimes doing what seems right is wrong, and can cause harm. The only counter to it is knowledge, wisdom, forethought, and understanding the First Rule. Even then, that is not always enough.